BOSTON – You need proof the Knicks should not take into consideration making win-now strikes on the commerce deadline?
There it was Wednesday, in all its disappointing layers and lapses, when the Knicks have been blown out by the Celtics, 103-73, whereas Kyrie Irving rested for Boston with a quad contusion.
If the Knicks (23-29) in some way crept into the playoffs with the eighth seed, they’d possible face the Celtics and be fortunate to win a sport. They’re merely overmatched – athletically by Boston’s explosive youth and schematically by coach Brad Stevens.
Kristaps Porzingis continued his struggles in opposition to the division foe, scoring 16 factors on 7-of-18 taking pictures. However he was hardly alone in offensive ineptitude. The Knicks shot a depressing 32 p.c and performed to the extent of their G-League affiliate, scoring a measley eight factors within the fourth quarter.
Boston (37-15) began three gamers 23 years outdated or youthful (Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum) and ran New York out of the fitness center. Not solely was Irving absent, however his backup, Marcus Good, did not play after reportedly slicing up his hand on a lodge image body.
It did not matter.
The Celtics turned a five-point halftime lead into 16 after the third and by no means seemed again.
It is no surprise the Knicks have set their sights on free company in 2019. Until it is LeBron James, they don’t seem to be only one participant away from competing with the Celtics, not to mention the Rockets or Warriors.
In order that they’re listening to gives for Kyle O’Quinn, Courtney Lee and Willy Hernangomez with the hope of bringing again future cap house and draft picks. It is the lengthy play and Hernangomez (who did not’ get in Wednesday till rubbish time) is the almost certainly to be shipped out of the group.
It did not assist their worth when, in keeping with ESPN, middle Greg Monroe was waived Wednesday by the Suns and can hit free company earlier than the commerce deadline. He’ll be extra coveted than the Knicks facilities.
The Knicks have been driving a modest two-game profitable streak, but it was notable since they hadn’t gained two straight beforehand since mid-December. Properly, there goes that.
Porzingis was stable in the beginning however was dunked on within the second quarter – emphatically – by Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, who had 14 factors in 28 minutes. Then Porzingis’ sport fell aside within the second half.
Enes Katner, piggybacking off his 20-point, 20-rebound efficiency an evening earlier at MSG, was additionally sturdy in the beginning earlier than cooling off. He nonetheless completed with 17 factors and 17 boards. Michael Beasley added 12 factors and 5 factors off the bench, however he was sloppy when the Celtics made their game-breaking run within the third quarter.
For Boston, Marcus Morris dropped a team-high 20 factors and 6 gamers scored in double digits.
Protection was among the many many points for the Knicks. The Knicks allowed 42 factors within the paint and the Celtics did every thing – and every thing – they wished.